WARREN, NJ - When Gov. Livingston goes against New Providence, it’s definitely a meet to get excited for. The No. 2 seed Highlanders (6-3) will host No. 3 seed New Providence (7-4) in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA Central Group C boys swim championship Monday, Feb. 13 at 7:45 p.m.
The Highlanders were the narrow victor of their regular season meet, 88-82. They are looking for further redemption by reversing the outcome of last year's sectional semifinal when New Providence came out on top, 98-72, and ultimately brought home the Sectional Championship title. The GL team is led by a group of seniors who are hungry to bring home the first sectional title for boys swimming in school history.
In Monday's dual meet, the No. 1 seeded Lady Highlanders will host No. 4 seed Lawrence, who edged out Holmdel to advance to the sectional semifinals.
The winners of Monday's meet will advance to the finals on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Neptune.
The Lady Pioneers were defeated in the opening round to end their State Championship run. Pioneer fans will continue to root for sophomore swimming phenomenon Sophia Kudryashova, who qualified to compete in the 2017 Meet of Champions NJSIAA High School Individual States on March 4-5 at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology. Kudryashova captured the Union County Championship Title in the 100 M and 200 M Freestyle events with record breaking times of 51.14 and 1:50.61, respectively. Also qualifying to compete for the Pioneers is Autumn Keats-O'Connor in the 200 IM.
For GL, sophomore Bailey Gold has qualified to compete in the Meet of Champions NJSIAA High School Individual States in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke.
Editor's Note: Gov. Livingston's home swim meets are held at the Morris Union Joint Venture Pool located at 217 Mountainview Rd, Tokash Aquatic Center in Warren.